providing only bare essentials
"a hand-to-mouth existence"
hand to mouth(adverb)
with barely enough money for immediate needs
"they lived form hand to mouth"
having barely enough to survive, being close to poverty
Origin: from the idiomatic phrase live from hand to mouth
The numerical value of hand-to-mouth in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of hand-to-mouth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We live from hand to mouth, and we have for a long time now.
These girls thought [Hansen] had connections, so obviously, they felt under pressure because they thought this was their chance to make it, [Elizabeth] had a hand-to-mouth existence. She never really had a definite job… She was dependent on friends, boyfriends, people she got picked up by for a meal or just a place for the night.
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